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Yacht goes missing off Nai Harn coast

PHUKET: A German national has been left searching for his yacht after it was discovered missing from a mooring point in waters off Nai Harn beach yesterday (Dec 28).

By The Phuket News

Thursday 29 December 2022, 03:33PM

UPDATE: See ’Suspicions raised over ‘Marco Polo’ incident

The yacht ‘Marco Polo’ belongs to 58-year-old Marco Ceferin who discovered it was missing, possibly stolen, after he had returned from the island to sea around 11am yesterday morning.

An eye witness told Mr Ceferin that he had seen three people board the boat around 8:30am before taking off to sea.

Mr Ceferin immediately reported Marco Polo’s disappearance to Chalong Police Station who in turn liaised with Phuket’s Port Security Control Centre and the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre (Region 3) to launch a search mission.

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The authorities also contacted all fishing boats in the local area to help with the search by keeping a lookout for the missing yacht.

The Marco Polo is a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 vessel, estimated to be worth around US$300,000 (approximately B10 million) with the registration number 6451 00980.

Anyone with any information that may assist in locating the yacht or who may happen to see it is urged to contact the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre (Region 3) on 1465.

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Kamala Pete | 30 December 2022 - 11:28:23

GPS trackers are cheap and easy to conceal. Any sensible owner of such a high-value item should have had one installed. 

JohnC | 30 December 2022 - 09:08:11

A lot of yachts anchored in Naiharn. Somebody on others vessels must have seen something. How did the thieves know there was nobody on board at that time unless they were watching his movements.

maverick | 29 December 2022 - 22:01:34

Pirates ahoy no cctv out there his ex wife and family would be a good place to start 

Capricornball | 29 December 2022 - 18:24:51

The boat is probably safely moored in Colonel Somchai's private dock by now.  In a couple months, a yacht called "Marconi Polorizer" will be spotted on it's way to Langkawi, and three ruskies will be sitting in Patong sipping brewskis with their new one-year visas.


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